Speaker Bios

Dean Shelton

Dean Shelton

Dean Shelton currently serves as the Vice President/8th District Representative for the Washington State Council of Firefighters. He has served as Secretary/Treasurer and President of IAFF Local 3219, Marysville. He holds a B.A from Western Washington University, and received his Paramedic training at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland Oregon.

Dean began his career in 1995 with the city of Bremerton Fire Department and IAFF Local 437.  In 1997, he lateralled to the Marysville Fire District where he serves today as a Battalion Chief/Medical Services Administrator.

In addition, he was appointed by Governor Gregoire in 2008 to the Washington State Fire Protection Policy Board, served three terms as an elected Fire Commissioner for Skagit County Fire Protection District #9 and is assigned by the IAFF as a state representative. Dean was the first IAFF member to graduate from the Cornell University National Labor Leader Initiative and a graduate of the first ever IAFF 7th District Executive Leadership Program., “Class One”.  As the Vice President of the WSCFF, Dean co-chairs the WSCFF Retirees Association.

Dean has an extensive background in contract negotiations, labor management, and handling grievance and disciplinary issues. In addition, he is active in his community working with various labor unions and community actions thru the Skagit County Labor-Dems work group.

Speaker's Classes Present/Past


Duty of Fair Representation

Duty of Fair Representation, this class will cover how you as an executive should represent all of your members. Duty of Fair Representation Presentation

Board Authority & Representation

IAFF 7th District Vice President and WSCFF Leadership will discuss their roles as leaders and some of the recent challenges they have faced. This will be a panel presentation with opportunities to ask questions, and raise awareness on issues of importance. Board Authority & Representation Presentation